205-4 C. Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness (Continued) of BEMSCS as assistance providers, according to the SEA informants; (3) Fiscal support for SEAs is based on a percentage of the LEA grants in the State. This type of Title VII support clearly favors States that have large numbers of LEA grants. States with few LEA grants receive too little money to mount a comprehensive effort, 2. Multifunctional Service Centers Program Scope: Sixteen centers were funded in FY 1984 with approximately nine million dollars* Fourteen were funded as regional centers and two to provide services to specific groups. The two national centers are expected to serve Asian and Arabic language populations. Benefits Provided: Multifunctional Service Centers: (1) provide support services for building the capacity of districts to improve instructional programs and other support services designed specifically for limited-Eng- lish proficient students in the service areas; (2) provide technical assistance to Title VII basic project grantees to improve project manage- ment, documentation, and evaluation; (3) coordinate with the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education (NCBE),other support service centers, and other federally funded centers or projects, to develop and implement a strategy or process for exchanging information and planning to improve the delivery and quality of support services provided by centers; and (4) coordinate with State education agencies in their plans for providing technical assistance to ensure that the Centers1 plans complement the SEAs' plans for assisting, with State or Federal funds, the Title VII projects operating in the States* Program Effectiveness: No information. 3. Evaluation, Dissemination, and Assessment Centers Program Scope: There were three EDACs in FY 1984, funded at $1.7 million. Benefits Provided: These centers evaluate the effectiveness and appropri- ateness of materials for use in programs of bilingual education or in bilingual education training programs; they publish and disseminate eval- uation methods and materials; they assess the number of children in 'need of bilingual education, the number of and need for bilingual education teachers and personnel, and the need for curriculum materials and student assessment instruments; they develop Instruments and procedures for use 1n needs assessment surveys; and they train State education agency person- nel and others working with programs of bilingual education in the selection of appropriate evaluation and assessment methods and materials.chers for bilingual education.